Behind the Scenes: Gasoline Music Video Featuring Gorilla Crew

The day after I saw the new street dance influenced theatrical performance “Return”, I met up with filmmaker Marco Tessiore and artist Dbstk Crzzy for one of the few shoots remaining until the completion of their “Gasoline” music video. The squad behind the impressive theater show, Gorilla Crew, would be joining Dbstk on the very same stage to represent Korean B-Boyism at its finest during his first verse of the song.

Marco too had just witnessed the high octane theatrical performance. His director’s mind was active as ever, yielding numerous ideas about how to effectively capture their powerful essence on camera, as well as how to deal with the lighting, camera angles and available props at Kaya Art Theater.

Anticipating the availability of the good 1.5 hours needed to get the necessary footage, our crew set off the make it happen. Then reality set in.

We were filming between “Return” performances on a Sunday, of which there are 3. During this in-between time, Gorilla Crew needs to rest, rehearse, set up for the next performance, and on this day, film a music video. No easy task.

Their first performance seemed to go a little longer than expected, cutting into already tight shooting time for the music video. Then, just before filming was set to begin, we were informed by the people managing time on stage, that we in fact only had 30 minutes to shoot.

Marco scrapped his notes on what he thought were necessary details, in addition to scenes and choreography, and made due with what has handed to him. He’s a talented man, but I don’t care who you are, when faced with audio and lighting technical issues, providing stage instructions in 2 languages that are not your native tongue, and running the camera, 30 minutes is just not enough time.

As often happens when filming, luck was simply not on our side, it just wasn’t our day.

Although not ideal conditions for those with a vested interest in the project, I always have good time lending a hand, spending creative time with Marco, Dbstk and Courtney. I captured the experience in photos and videos. What you see may not be what’s used in the final version of the music video, but it should give you an idea of what to expect.

As an ending note, everyone got together the following day to knock out the rest of the necessary filming, and from what I’ve been told, it was also rushed. Just as they were getting the groove, time was called.

Regardless of the difficulties encountered on this particular shoot, from my experience on set, expect the final product to be impressive. Keep a look out for “Gasoline” in late November.


~ by ripcitytoseoul on October 25, 2010.

2 Responses to “Behind the Scenes: Gasoline Music Video Featuring Gorilla Crew”

  1. Hell Yeah – looks nice.

  2. […] can find all of that here: The Making of Gasoline in NEH Magazine Photos, videos and words from the Kaya Art Theater shoot featuring Gorilla Crew Video from the shoot in Mullaedong Photos and words from the shoot in […]

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